Nightmare in Abidjan

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The standoff in the Ivory Coast ended April 11 with President-elect Alassane Ouattara's troops arresting his opponent, incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo, in his compound and carrying him to Ouattara's headquarters at the Golf Hotel. Above, Gbagbo and his wife Simone sit on a bed at the Golf Hotel in Abidjan after their arrest on April 11.


The wife of Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo, Simone, arrives at the Golf Hotel in Abidjan after their arrest on April 11.


Now, after 12 days of fighting, the U.N.- and France-backed Alassane Ouattara is finally the only president of the country. Soldiers and civilians loyal to internationally recognized Ivory Coast President Ouattara celebrate in Angre, Abidjan, after the arrest of Laurent Gbagbo on April 11.


A fighter loyal to Alassane Ouattara kisses the floor of the Golf Hotel where Luarent Gbagbo and his wife are being held, moments after hearing of their arrest on April 11.


But in Abidjan, the situation is still grave. Water and electricity have been cut off for days, citizens have run out of phone credit, and people can't leave their homes for fear of being caught up in the street fighting. Militias loyal to one side of the crisis or another -- or sometimes no one at all -- roam the streets. In the Western city of Duékoué, aid groups and peacekeepers have found mass graves; as many as 1,000 may have died. More than 1 million people have been displaced in the fighting.

A man carries a small girl as families flee the neighborhood of Cocody for Abobo, in the suburbs of Abidjan, on April 11.

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